‘Saturday Night Live’ Announces Two Cast Members Are Exiting

by Samantha Whidden

Just days before the 47th season premiere of Saturday Night Live, two cast members are reportedly not returning to the long-time running NBC show’s set.

Beck Bennett, who has been on Saturday Night Live for eight seasons, confirmed he was leaving the series through his Instagram page on Monday (September 27th). “Love you, SNL. Gonna miss you so much. Thank you for 8 years of remarkable people and incredible experiences that changed my life. I had so much fun.”

TVLine reported that Lauren Holt, who first appeared on Saturday Night Live last fall, will not be returning to the show. The media outlet also revealed that the show has added three new featured players to replace Bennett and Holt. They are Aristotle Athari, James Austin Johnson, and Sarah Sherman. Bennett was known for his hilarious impressions of Vladimir Putin, Mike Pence, Tm Brady, Jeb Bush, and Bill Clinton. 

Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, and Pete Davidson will be returning for Saturday Night Live’s upcoming season. Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang have also been promoted to repertory status. A total of 21 cast members will be on the season. This includes Michael Che, Aidy Bryant, Colin Jost, Alex Moffat, Kenan Thompson, and Kyle Mooney.  

The 47th premiere will take place on Saturday (October 2nd).

Who is Hosting & Performing on ‘Saturday Night Live’ in October 

Meanwhile, the Saturday Night Live crew announced last week who will be hosting and performing in the upcoming episodes.

For the season premiere, Owen Wilson will be hosting while Kacey Musgraves will be performing. On October 9th, Kim Kardashian West will take the stage as host while Halsey is returning to perform. That following Saturday (October 16th) Rami Malek is set to host while Young Thug is performing. On October 23rd, former cast member, Jason Sudeikis, will be hosting and Brandi Carlile will be performing. 

Kenan Thompson Talks His Tenure on ‘Saturday Night Live’ 

Earlier this year, Kenan Thompson opened up to Deadline about his time on Saturday Night Live. The former Nickelodeon star joined the hit NBC series in 2003 and is claimed to be the longest-tenured cast member in the show’s history. 

“I was involved in theater groups and serious plays,” Thompson said. “I always had the comic relief part in all of those plays. but the comedy thing wasn’t on the forefront of what I was doing craft-wise… it was very much a thespian-type of upbringing.”

In regards to being on the show for 17 years already, Thompson said he is not rushing to leave anytime soon. “Because I have never seen anything like it and number two, there aren’t many live shows left. It never gets old because it’s sketch comedy and it changes every week.”